Hot Plate: Our First Meal in Malaysia

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Delayed flights meant we were up all night traveling. We arrive in Kuala Lumpur a few hours ago, via Doha, exhausted and starving. While the estimated time of arrival was 2:30 pm, we landed at 4 pm and checked-in the hotel by 7 pm.

It is raining when we left the airport. The metered taxi that takes us to our hotel in the city center costs MYR 130. I’ll review the hotel in another post.

We walk around the area deciding what to eat. The streets are lined up with restaurants serving Middle Eastern/Levantine cuisine. All the chairs along the footpath are filled with men smoking sheesha. Arabic songs are blaring from within the smoke-filled restaurants.

There is a restaurant serving tikka and dosa. We skip this.

We keep walking until we spot a mall called Fahrenheit 88. It is filled with people taking pictures of the gigantic Christmas tree. I spot Pikachu dancing enthusiastically outside a shoe store, scaring children in the process.

Upstairs, there’s a small food court. We learn that all the food served here is halal.

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Fresh, chilled young coconut. It’s filled to the brim with sweet coconut water. An absolute delight to drink! MYR 7.30 each.

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Masood’s Black Pepper Chicken Noodles. MYR 9.9

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My Black Pepper Seafood Rice. MYR 13.9

We request for both dishes to be spicy. Turns out these are already hot so you don’t really need to tell them to make it spicy. While Masood was able to polish his noodles off, I couldn’t finish my rice because it was too hot. While both taste good, Masood’s chicken was the better tasting dish. My seafood rice only had one prawn in it.

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We walk around a bit after dinner and end up going to that restaurant I mentioned earlier – the one selling tikka and dosa. We order two chai, each costing MYR 3. It’s the sort of well-cooked chai that we prefer back home.

Too tired to explore any further, we return to the hotel. Tomorrow, after a good night’s sleep, I’ll meet Kuala Lumpur properly!

What were your favorite food when you visited Malaysia?

 

4 comments

  1. OMG! Are you really in KL? Looking forward to reading more, I miss Malaysia! About the food there is a variety, you may not like everything, it really depends on your taste. I love all the nasi gorengs (fried rice). They have different ways of making it so you will see names like nasi goreng cina (Chinese fried rice) nasi goreng arab (Arabic fried rice) etc. I also like Nasi Ayam (chicken rice) where you have rice, chicken and soup cooked Malaysian style. And not to miss Nasi Lemak (rice cooked in coconut milk, wrapped in banana leaf, served with anchovies chili paste, peanuts and sometimes chicken). You can’t leave Malaysia without trying nasi Lemak.
    There’s Tom Yam if you like rice and soup and MEE Goreng if you like fried noodles. I can go on and on there’s so much to try…and yes the traditional ABC (Air Batu Campur or Malaysian ‘gola ganda’). By the way ‘c’ is read as ‘ch’ in Malay.
    I hope you also get to experience Malaysian Night Markets known as ‘pasar malam’. Each area has it once a week. Ok maybe I wrote too much, just got excited. Enjoy your trip and keep us posted 😀

    1. Thank you so much for your delightful and informative comment! It’s very helpful and I truly appreciate it. I’ve been here for a week now and I believe I’ve tried most types of nasi gorengs now. And I had nasi lemak too – for breakfast! And I had tom yam yesterday and mee goreng this afternoon.

      I visited a night market in Langkawi and it was so much fun!

  2. Unfortunately we didn’t get to enjoy the food Malaysia at all… due to us eating street food in Bangkok and getting quite sick (Vick more sick than me). So we arrived in KL with upset tummies and left feeling just a bit better but wary to try anything. It was our last stop before heading home. I would love to go back and experience the food.

    1. That’s too bad, ‘liya! I’ve had street food last week – the night markets in Langkawi – and prayed that I don’t get sick (I haven’t yet, alhumdulillah). The thing is, I can’t bear to leave Malaysia without sampling the street food 😀

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